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Sikeston teams excel at Junior High Relays

Friday, April 19, 2002

SIKESTON - The Sikeston Junior High Relays wrapped things up on Thursday at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium.

Team points weren't kept, but medals were given to relay teams in the top three.

Poplar Bluff's 9th grade team recorded the most medals with 12 total, being the only team to medal in every event.

Sikeston's freshmen team had 10 total and had the most first place medals with seven.

Cape Central came in third with nine medals. Other teams that medaled were Dexter (2) and Jackson, New Madrid County Central and Malden all with one medal.

"I'm real happy with the way the meet went," said Sikeston junior high head coach Chris Moore. "We had ten teams there and it runs off about as fast as a dual meet. It went real smooth and we didn't have any problems. The kids competed great. The hard work that they put in has paid off."

Sikeston had some outstanding performances. Max Hanson broke his own junior high record in the pole vault with a vault of 13'0".

And also the 4 x 100 meter and 4 x 200 meter relay teams broke meet records with times of 45.68 and 1:33.81 respectively.

They set school records in those events on Tuesday with times of 44.88 and 1:33.49 respectively.

Members of the 4 x 100 team are Brandon Williams, Apollo Patterson, Felante Larry and Thomas Elery. Members of the 4 x 200 team are Williams, Larry, Elery and Marcus McCaster.

"They're coming on great -- as a class, they potentially have the ability to break 10 of the school records this year," said Moore. "They've already broken three. How many of the records actually go down is another story, but what they've already done is quite an accomplishment. These kids really work hard. A number of them worked out on their own over spring break when we didn't have practice. They're really dedicated and it's starting to show in their performances."

The Sikeston 8th grade team also had a great day, finishing with the most total medals (11) and tied for the most first place medals (5).

"I think this was their best meet of the year so far without a doubt," said Moore. "I know they brought home more medals today than they have all year. I thought they did great. They're getting better and better. They're a great group to work with. At the beginning of the year they weren't winning the races that they are now. I don't have any complaints about this team, I have nothing but praise."

Cape Central and Poplar Bluff tied for the second most medals with nine. Others teams that medaled were Jackson (4), Kennett (3), Malden (2) and NMCC (1).

The Sikeston 8th graders will run on Monday at the Kennett Invitational.

The Sikeston 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams will compete next Saturday in the 30-team Jackson Invitational.